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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Home Healthcare Aide field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33881PCA, MAFemale27 $17,500Laton, CA01/01/2010
33817Student Nurse, Home Health Aide, Patient Care Assistant & PhelbotomistFemale37 $25,000Port Richey, FL01/01/2010
33827Home Care ProviderFemale21 $15,000Los Angeles, CA01/01/2010
33815NurseMale28 $70,000haddonfield, NJ01/01/2010
33565Home Healthcare ProviderFemale35 $24,000Rio linda, CA01/01/2010

Overview

Home health care aides provide greatly needed assistance to people who are chronically ill, disabled, or otherwise impaired. Although their specific duties vary by state, their general purpose is to help their patient with the tasks the patient cannot do for his or herself.

Working closely with a registered nurse, aides assist their clients with the tasks of daily living such as bathing, dressing, cooking, light housework, and shopping. Administering medications, checking vital signs, scheduling appointments, and providing transportation to appointments may also be required. An aide must maintain records of services performed and report any changes in a client?s health or condition to a supervisor.

Most aides work for hospice agencies that receive government funding, and therefore, must pass a state certification exam. This exam may be attempted without formal training, although knowledge of nutrition, hygiene, and basic medical concepts is required.

Because home healthcare aides work with clients every day, interpersonal skills and a cheerful, compassionate attitude are crucial. The physical and emotional demands of this profession require candidates to be healthy, strong, and emotionally stable.

The profiles below contain one-on-one interviews with experienced home health care aides who have worked closely with clients and understand what it?s like to work in this demanding field. Browse the real-world career profiles below to decide if this field is right for you!


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